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Residents encouraged to 'Stamp Out Hunger' Saturday

Two Harbors Area Food Shelf volunteers sort through donated items during last year's "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. (Photo courtesy Two Harbors Area Food Shelf)1 / 2
Letter carriers and volunteers haul bags of donated food from the back of a postal truck during the 2017 "Stamp Out Hunger Food" drive. (Photo courtesy Two Harbors Area Food Shelf)2 / 2

Letter carriers across zip code 55616 will be doing more than delivering mail Saturday, May 12 — they'll also be collecting bags of food for the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The food drive is the largest one-day food drive collection event in the nation, carried out over 10,000 American cities across America. Last year, Two Harbors contributed nearly 4,400 pounds of food.

"That will support the food shelf for almost six months," Two Harbors Area Food Shelf Executive Director Michelle Miller said. "We are so fortunate that our area sees the importance and the benefit to do this drive. We really thank all the letter carriers because it's above and beyond their already very taxing jobs."

To participate, the National Association of Letter Carriers asks residents to fill one or more bags with nonperishable, non-expired food and place the bags by their mailboxes by 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12. Donations can also be left in the collection box at the Knife River Post Office or the collection box at Super One Foods.

Wishlist items include canned fruits and vegetables, all canned beans, canned meats and condiments such as salsa, pickles and relish. Soups, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter and brown rice, as well as diapers and health and hygiene products, are among the biggest needs. However, any nonperishable item in its original packaging that is not expired will be accepted.

Want to lend a hand? Volunteers are needed to bring in and sort donations. Willing volunteers can sign up for one of two shifts, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30-4 p.m., by visiting the food shelf's Facebook page and clicking on "Stamp Out Hunger Volunteer Event."

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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